Review | Ouseburn Food Tour | Triple A Food Tours
Experience an Ouseburn food tour and explore new food and venues that you may not have been aware of, whilst learning a little about the area.
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#AD We had been invited to take part in Triple A Food tours newest walking food tour to become available, the Ouseburn Food tour. Triple A food tours is a family run business in Newcastle and something I havent seen anywhere else. Famed for it’s Newcastle tour, they have additonal areas you can now learn and experience. This was the second outing of the Ouseburn food tour, led by new guide David.
Having moved to Newcastle in 2019, I havent had much of a chance to explore Newcastle and the surrounding areas as much as I would have liked to due to Covid. However now life is opening back up, so are the experiences and events that once were available pre pandemic. I came across Triple A Food tours and thought this was a great experince to try. A chance to experience some quality food in restaurants I’d not yet visisted, while learning something new about the area. Ouseburn was one of these such areas -The happy valley as some call it, and a go to for new development, it is a quaint area with great art, pubs and restaurants.
Met by David our tour guide, it was to start at 10.15am. We met at the back of Hotel Du Vin, on Oues Street. The tour is intimate, and so today was only 2 couples and four of us in total. The tour starts off with a visit to the Victoria Tunnel. David introduced us to our specialist volunteer guides for this section of the tour led by Mal and Dee, volunteers of the Oueseburn trust, who were just fantastic. The tour normally runs for two hours but in this food tour we get an hours version. Their passion and knowledge of the tunnel was great. Leading us through the ever constant 12 degree tunnel we learned of its history of how it came to be, subsequent usage and how it was used through the world war. A great way to start the tour, and being an hour long had our bellies ready for something to eat afterwards.
I wasn’t aware specifically of the food I was to try or the venues I was to visit, which made it exciting and a little nervy at the same time. David our guide was now our lead again and we followed in anticipation. David was friendly and very knowledgeable about the Ouseburn area as we talked between venues and happy to answer any questions we may have had. We found out we were to experience 4 venues on this tour.
The first was Brinkburn Street Brewery An independent brewery that also serves food. A recently changed menu, using fresh locally sourced ingredients it ranges from Cheese boards, Sharers, Spurdough Pizza and Burgers. We had the chance to sit outside wish was lovely on what was a hot day.
We were served up Black Pudding Bon Bons with Byker Brown Ale Chutney from its small plates selection . Now personally I’m not one for black pudding, and have strongly told my wife this over the years. However, to go on a food tour you have to be open to trying different things and new cusines. Therefore, in the nature of the tour I put my reservations aside and tried them. My opinion didn’t really change after but i am fussy and non wordly. However, you can see above that these were presented beautifully, a great portion size and in the words of my plus one very enjoyable.
We then tried a flight of two beers they had, the Geordie Padoga and Hit The North. The Geordie Padoga providing a nice citrus taste in the scorring heat of the day and Hit The North giving us a New England IPA, an easy drinking experience.
Onwards to the next venue, a few minutes walk. The Kiln ready and waiting for us, food laid out on the table we looked across the table and saw our Mediterranean Meze platter. This venue serves prepared meals, coffees, soft and hot drinks.
This consisted of Muhammara – Roasted red pepper, breadcrumbs, walnuts, Baba Ghanoush – Roasted aubergine, tahini, lemon juice, Tabbouleh – Bulgur wheat, tomato, cucumber, mint, lemon juice, Tahini, Geffen Salad – Tomato, cucumber, shallots, dill, coriander in an olive oil & lemon dressing, Hummus, Roasted Sweet Potato, Maple Butternut Squash, and Roasted Spiced Cauliflower and Sourdough bread on the side. Served with the house white chardonnay blend wine and a jug of water. This being a lighter bite, which you can find on it’s lunch menu was nice and refreshing. Fresh tasting and lovely to converse over, whilse sat on the cushions that adorned the benches we sat at.
The Kiln is also a working business, so you can see through the glass into 1265 Degrees North, which is their pottery and ceramics workshop. All of the ceramics used in the cafe’s service are carefully crafted here and are available to purchase in house, which makes it for me a unique place to try.
Keeping to our timetable of arrival times, we then took our legs to Cook House. This is Anna Hedworths creation. Originally housed in two converted shipping containers overlooking Newcastle’s Ouseburn river which you pass earlier in the tour, we enter Cook House 2.0, it’s bigger and better version of its previous self. This opened in 2018 on Foundry Lane. The menu has elements that change daily so, a request had been made on the morning of the tour for us. Qudos to the chefs here keeping it fresh and varied.
Anna is a cook, food writer and proprietor of Cook House. She also runs supper clubs, markets and location specific food based events across the North East and beyond, so if you’re a NE foodie, then you’ve probably come across her in some form. Like the previous venues a casual laid back sytle of dining. We were sat upstairs outside.
Here we were treated to the sublime. My favourite venue on the tour. We delighted in Smoked Chalk Stream Trout, Seeded Rye Bread, Creme Fraiche & Sweet Pickled Cucumber, Tempura Cauliflower with Coconut Curry Sauce & Black Sesame and Brown Shrimp, Burnt Cabbage, Caper & Herb Salad. I enjoyed it so much here I’d forgotten to take photos of the food as i just tucked in. So please use your imagination and the descriptions of the food to salivate over.
Alas, nearly the end of the tour and like any meal you end on a dessert. So where better to experience this than Dreamworld Cakes. Situated just up from The Ship Inn, Ouseburn Farm and a selection of murals. Dreamworld Cakes is a small little cafe that offers fab treats. Once again, an independent family run business, where you can get a selction of chocolates, macarons and biscuits which are made in house using local ingredients wherever they can. They also made it to the Great British Bake Off-The Professionals in 2019 and getting as far as the final six. Here I opted for the Nutella bar which tasted as good as it looked and didnt last long.
After four hours of history and food it was at an end. Our guide David bid us farewell. As we had been in a foursome, we had been left alone in the venues, so you dont feel that the guide is overbearing or intruding at all. Luckily the couple we were with were very social and it made for a better experience, being able to converse about the food and experience as well as common interests found.
This Ouseburn food tour was a nice experience to have. Being only the second tour to happen, it’s still an opportunity to maybe change things. The only thing I’d prefer is that we learned something about the venue that we attended while there. Especially as they are independent, so for that reason they always have a backstory. There wasn’t any specific reason for the food that had been chosen and served to us other than being current on the menu, so maybe learning about provenance and local sources used would have been good too.
However, despite the above, I tried food I was reluctant to or hadn’t before, which for me was an achievement. I was introduced to venues that I now found i like and love, (and so will pay more visits to in the future) and in between venues, learned a little about the area that i didnt know before. So all in all a good experience. With a little more detail i think it’ll be great for foodies.
The Ouseburn food tour is priced at £65pp and when you consider the portions of food you recieve, the volume of drink (Alcoholic and Soft Drinks), and the individual pricing of the menu in the restaurants, it makes for good value. The Ouseburn tour runs every saturday currently. You can also partake in a Newcastle Tour, Northumberland Coastline Tour and a Cheese & Wine Tour.
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